NOVOSIBIRSK REGION: ‘’We had a huge library at home, thus I loved literature from childhood. Mom would bring books home from work nearly every week, so not surprisingly I chose to study philology,’’ said Rostislav, who moved to teach Russian language and literature in a Siberian village.
His wife Anna – one of seven children – also teaches Russian in the school. They met at an institute in Novosibirsk region and immediately fell in love.
’’We soon started living together and once we finished university we began to look for work at a school that had two vacancies.’’
They called around to many schools, visited one in a village and were satisfied. Maintaining discipline is the most difficult thing about teaching, Rostislav said. He feels schools give children too much theory and not enough practical learning. “You can’t go far with just book smarts.”